England will look to assure they finish at the top of Group B when they face off against Slovakia on Monday, while Russia and Wales are also in action.
England require just a draw from their match to ensure they qualify for the Round of 16 stage of the competition, while Slovakia will need a win if they are to guarantee their progress.
Both sides will be at full strength for the clash, but Slovakia will have to negotiate the headache of having no less than six players currently on a yellow card, meaning that should any player pick up a further booking, he would miss Slovakia’s prospective Round of 16 match.
The sides have gone head-to-head three times since 2002 with England emerging the victors on each occasion. The latest of those encounters was a thumping 4-0 victory back in a 2009 friendly.
‘I am going to make some changes to the team again, because the game demands it. England will be a different proposition from Russia – I know that very well. They play a different way, so we have to do something to prepare for that.’ said Jan Kozak, Slovakia’s coach.
England’s Roy Hodgson is wary of the threat posed by Slovakia on Monday.
‘There are lots in the Slovakia team who we have to watch out for. The front line, with [Marek] Hamsik, [Ondrej] Duda and [Vladimír] Weiss are good attacking players.’ said the England manager.
‘All we can do is hope our performance on the night is good enough to beat them.’
The match will be played at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint Etienne.
The game gets underway at 21:00.
The other game in the group sees Russia take on Wales.
Russia can still qualify from the group with a win over the, Welsh should England be victorious over Slovakia. Wales, meanwhile, can all but assure qualification with a win of their own. Wales will be at full strength for the clash, while Russia’s goalkeeper Yuri Lodygin is doubt following an injury.
Russia will hold the psychological edge over the Welsh having never lost to the side in four meetings, winning three. The latest of those meetings game in World Cup qualification in 2009, with the Russians running out 3-1 victors.
‘Wales have two world-class players – a number of their attacks are built through the quality of their play and mutual understanding. However, they also have other good players and I think Wales will look to play on the counterattack.’ said Leonid Slutski, Russia’s coach.
Wales coach Chris Coleman remains optimistic: ‘This team has the potential to go on and on. We can learn from this tournament; it’s intense but it’s enjoyable. We’re in a fantastic position and we have to enjoy it. This team is very much in the middle of a journey.’
The game will take place at Stadium Municipal de Toulouse, Toulouse.
Kick-off is at 21:00.